This poem was sent to me by Ellis and Jacqui who I had the pleasure of meeting on the 27th July 2014 at the WWI Commemoration Day at Netley. They saw it at the Menin Gate a few years ago and made a copy of it.

Thank you.




“The inquisitive mind of a child”.


Why are they selling poppies, Mummy?

Selling poppies in town today?

The poppies child, are flowers of love,

For the men who marched away.


But why have they chosen a poppy Mummy?

Why not a beautiful rose?

Because my child, men fought and died

In the fields where the poppy grows.


But why are the poppies so red, Mummy?

Why are the poppies so red?

Red is the colour of blood my child

The blood that our soldiers shed.


The heart of the poppy is black Mummy,

Why does it have to be black?

Black, my child, is the symbol of grief

For the men who never came back.


But why, Mummy, are you crying so?

Your tears are giving me pain.

My tears are my fears for you my child

For the world is forgetting again.


Author unknown.

It was a beautiful sunny day for Remembrance Sunday 2012. The service at Netley Cemetery was at 3pm although this year it was a bit late due to some transport problems!! Here are some photos from the service.

Rifleman H.J. Fisher
Private T.A. Harding
This gentleman was placing poppies on the German graves
Children taking an interest
Playing the Last Post
Laying the first wreath
Laying the wreath from the Royal Air Force Association

 They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old,

    Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn,

   At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

    We shall remember them


We were lucky with the weather again this year and the ammount of people attending is growing. Here are some photos taken in the lovely autumn sunshine.


Remembrance Sunday 2014

It was a soggy sunday this year, but a lovely group of people stood in the rain to remember.

Remembrance Sunday 2015

2018 Owen's walk on Armistice Day, the 11th November.

The 3pm Service.

Remembrance Sunday 2021


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